‘Canes Dumped 9-2 by Hitmen

Lethbridge Hurricanes      vs.      hitmen

Lethbridge Hurricanes (9-22-3-2)      vs.     Calgary Hitmen (20-14-1-2)

After surrendering eight goals on Sunday to the Medicine Hat Tigers, the Lethbridge Hurricanes gave up nine on Tuesday to the Calgary Hitmen falling a 9-2 decision at Scotiabank Saddledome for the second time this season.

Three goals in the first period and four in the second help pace the Hitmen to the lopsided win. Pavel Karnaukhov and Connor Rankin combined for nine points on the night. Karnaukhov with three goals and one assist, while Rankin picked up two goals and three helpers.

Jordy Stallard opened the scoring at the 6:05 mark of the first period as Terrell Draude and Taylor Sanheim picked up the assists as the Hitmen took a 1-0 lead. Karnaukhov scored his first of three in the game on a beautiful passing play while on a power play. Calgary made it 3-0 with another power play goal as Rankin snapped one home from the high right circle. The Hurricanes would cut into the lead with 3:33 left in the period as Tyler Wong tipped home a Taylor Cooper shot to make it 3-1 after one period.

But a four goal second period was the difference. Rankin scored his second of the night 3:06 into the period making it 4-1. Lang at 9:04, Karnaukhov’s second at 15:16 and Terrell Draude at 15:32 made it a 7-1 score. Jaeger White added a power play goal to make it 7-2 after two periods. The goal for White extending his point scoring streak to five consecutive games.

In the third, Adam Tambellini would make it 8-2 as he finished off a nice pass from Rankin at the 13:24 mark. Before the game was over, with just 15 seconds left, Karnaukhov completed the hat trick making it a 9-2 final – the identical score as the result on September 29th in Calgary.

The Hurricanes were out shot 43-24 in the game. The ‘Canes went 1/6 on the power play while surrendering a shorthanded goal. The Hitmen went 3/5 on the man advantage – the Hurricanes had only surrendered seven power play goals against in their previos 18 road games.

Three stars of the game were:

1) Hitmen – #26 Connor Rankin – (2 goals, 3 assists)
2) Hitmen – #9 Pavel Karnaukhov – (3 goals, 1 assist)
3) Hitmen – #10 Chase Lang – (1 goal)

The Hurricanes are next in action on Friday night when they travel to Edmonton to take on the Oil Kings to kick off the new year.


GAME DAY: ‘Canes @ Hitmen




Lethbridge Hurricanes @ Calgary Hitmen
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome
When: 7pm puck drop, pregame at 6:45pm
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live



‘Canes vs. Hitmen in 2014/15:
Last Meeting: October 1st/2014 – 4-3 ‘Canes in a shootout (in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 9-21-3-2
‘Canes Home Record: 4-9-2-2
‘Canes Road Record: 5-12-1-0

Hitmen Record: 19-14-1-2
Hitmen Home Record:
Hitmen Road Record: 7-5-1-2

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Zane Jones (18G, 12A, 30P)
Hitmen Leading Scorer: Adam Tambellini (21G, 17A, 38P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes are coming off a split with the Medicine Hat Tigers on the weekend having taken a 6-5 win at home on Saturday before dropping an 8-4 decision Sunday in Medicine Hat.

The Hurricanes despite the loss still managed to score goals as they hit the four goal mark for the fourth consecutive game. The Hurricanes however were unable to contain Trevor Cox and Cole Sanford who combined for 11 points in the win for the Tigers.

The Hitmen are coming off back to back losses on the weekend to the Kootenay Ice. The Hitmen enter play tonight in third place in the Central Division. The Hitmen are strong at the Saddledome this year. The only time the ‘Canes have been in downtown Calgary, the home side skated to a 9-2 win.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Too Many Shots: In their last two games, the Hurricanes are 1-1 having earned the weekend split with the Tigers, however, the ‘Canes gave up far too many shots against if they want to continue being successful. In the 6-5 win Saturday, the ‘Canes surrendered 47 shots and followed it up surrendering 50 in the Sunday game.

White, Right: 16-year-old Jaeger White is starting to look far more comfortable. The Medicine Hat native scored a goal in the 8-4 loss to the Tigers on Sunday night, but with the goal, White is now on a four-game point scoring streak. Should White continue to produce at this rate, the Hurricanes will continue to be successful.

Calgary Point of View

Virtanen-less: The Hitmen are currently without Vancouver Canucks 6th overall pick in last years NHL entry draft Jake Virtanen as he is competing for Canada at the World Juniors. While without Virtanen, the Hitmen still boast some top-tier scorers with the likes of Connor Rankin, Adam Tambellini, Kenton Helgeson and Chase Lang who are all having great seasons.

Live or Die by Shields: Mack Shields is the undisputed number one goalie for the Calgary Hitmen. The first year starter currently sits 11th in minutes played by goaltenders in the WHL with 1,607 minutes logged already. Shields has appeared in 30 of the Hitmen’s 36 games. He has a record of 15-11-0-1 on the year.

‘Canes Fall in Wild One to Tigers

Lethbridge Hurricanes     vs.     Tigers

Lethbridge Hurricanes (9-21-3-2)     vs.     Medicine Hat Tigers (25-9-1-1)

Less than 24 hours after knocking off the Medicine Hat Tigers by a 6-5 score in the first game back from the ten day Christmas break, the Lethbridge Hurricanes traveled to Medicine Hat for the second of a home and home in hopes of extending their winning streak to four. But it was the Tigers that skated to a wild 8-4 victory at “The Arena”.

Trevor Cox and Cole Sanford led the way for the Tigers in the win. Cox had a game-high six points (2g-4a) while Sanford chipped in with a modest five points (3g-2a) in the game. The game saw a little bit of everything from a slew of goals, to a goalie fight between Zac Robidoux and Nick Schneider.

The game had a playoff feel from the opening puck drop as the first 6:58 went by without a single whistle. The teams traded first period goals. First Zane Jones got the ‘Canes on the board roofed one over the shoulder of Schneider to make it 1-0 Lethbridge. However, just over seven minutes later Cox scored the first of six points on the night snapping one high over the glove of Robidoux to see the game tied 1-1 after twenty minutes. Tigers held the edge in shots 17-9 in the first period.

In the second, the Tigers took over. After a Kyle Becker goal at the 5:34 mark, Giorgio Estephan scored his third in as many games to make it 2-2 just 6:51 into the middle frame. But it all went downhill from there for the Hurricanes. A Carter Folk turnover at the Medicine Hat blue line was picked off by Sanford who sprung Cox on a breakaway who moved in ans slipped one through the legs of Robidoux to give the Tigers a 3-2 lead. A pair of power play goals by the Tigers extended their lead to 5-2 as Sanford snapped home his first of three on a five-on-three before Anthony Ast beat Robidoux low to the glove on a regular advantage. Medicine Hat out shot Lethbridge 20-3 in the period.

Sanford scored twice in the first 1:53 to complete the hattrick and make the score 7-2. The Hurricanes scored the next goal to snap the 5-0 run the Tigers went on. Jamal Watson scored to extend his goal scoring streak to three straight, while his point streak to four as he made it 7-3 at the 6:40 mark – Taylor Cooper and Kord Pankewicz picked up the helpers. After that, everything went crazy. A scrum that saw all ten skaters on the ice collide in the corner with every guy taking a man saw Pankewicz escape the crowd grappling with Matt Staples and they would go toe-to-toe at the Tiger blue line while everyone continued to engage in the corner. While Pankewicz and Staples were fighting at the blue line, Robidoux and Schneider both made their way to centre ice, removed their masks, blocker and glove and starting chucking mitts. Robidoux got the better of Schneider in the fight and both would be ejected from the game as Stuart Skinner and Marek Langhamer entered the game to mop up. Both teams added a goal, Jaeger White at the 12:16 mark before Steven Owre potted on with 3:52 left to see the 8-4 final.

The Hurricanes, while scoring four goals for the fourth straight game, only mustered 17 shots on goal while the Tigers had 50.

Lethbridge went 0/1 on the power play while Medicine Hat went 2/6.

Three stars in the building were:

1) Tigers – #26 Cole Sanford – (3 goals, 2 assists)
2) Tigers – #36 Trevor Cox – (2 goals, 4 assists)
3) Tigers – #15 Ty Schultz – (2 assists)

The Tigers and Hurricanes won’t meet again until January 27th back in Medicine Hat. The Hurricanes are next in action Tuesday when they visit the Calgary Hitmen at Scotiabank Saddledome in downtown Calgary – faceoff is 7pm.

GAME DAY: ‘Canes @ Tigers




Lethbridge Hurricanes @ Medicine Hat Tigers
Where: Medicine Hat Arena
When: 6pm puck drop, pregame at 5:45pm
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live



‘Canes vs. Tigers in 2014/15:
Last Meeting: December 27th/2014 – 6-5 Hurricanes (in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 9-20-3-2
‘Canes Home Record: 4-9-2-2
‘Canes Road Record: 5-11-1-0

Tigers Record: 24-9-1-1
Tigers Home Record:
Tigers Road Record: 10-5-0-1

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Tyler Wong (12G, 16A, 28P) & Zane Jones (17G, 11A, 28P)
Tigers Leading Scorer: Trevor Cox (12G, 44A, 56P) – tied for 1st in WHL with Kelowna’s Nick Merkley

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes kicked off the second half of the season the way they finished the first half, with a win. The Hurricanes won their third straight game last night over the Medicine Hat Tigers at the ENMAX Centre by a 6-5 score.

Zane Jones led the way offensively for the Hurricanes scoring twice and adding an assist. Jones also scored the game winning goal with just 2:24 left in the game only 37 seconds after Steven Owre had tied the game. Giorgio Estephan scored for the second straight game, while the captain Jamal Watson notched his 14th and 15th goals of the season in the win, he’s now just three shy of the total he had last season.

The Tigers played a terrific third period last night, but couldn’t hold off the Hurricanes attack. Medicine Hat threw 47 shots on goal in the game, and despite the loss, played strong enough to win. Trevor Cox and Cole Sanford were relatively quiet as the two combined for just two points, both assists for Cox.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Three in a Row: The Hurricanes since the coaching change that saw Peter Anholt take over coaching and GM duties from Drake Berehowsky and Brad Robson, have posted a record of 3-1-0-1 and have won three straight games for just the second time this season. The ‘Canes are also getting some run support for the goalies as well. In the three wins, the ‘Canes have scored five or more goals in each of them putting the puck in the net 17 times in the three wins.

Scoring Prowess: The offensive struggles for the Hurricanes has been well documented, however, the ‘Canes have scored 17 goals in the last three games. And six players are riding 3+ game point streak. Jamal Watson, Giorgio Estephan, Tyler Wong, Taylor Cooper and Jaeger White all have points in three straight, while Zane Jones has points in four consecutive outings.

Medicine Hat Point of View

Ast Promoted: Having only appeared in 10 games this season with the Tigers, Anthony Ast saw some time between Trevor Cox and Cole Sanford last night. Ast, who had a goal, replaced Steven Owre for the second half of the game. Owre also scored in the contest, so it shall be interesting to see what Shaun Clouston decides to do tonight.

Big Four on D: The Tigers have a big and strong defense. The top four of Tommy Vannelli, Ty Stanton, Tyler Lewington and Kyle Becker are both physical and tough to play against with an ability to put points up. Lewington and Vannelli each have 25 points on the season, while Stanton has 15 and Becker 16.

‘Canes Win 3rd Straight, 6-5 over Tigers

Lethbridge Hurricanes     vs.     Tigers

Lethbridge Hurricanes (9-20-3-2)     vs.     Medicine Hat Tigers (24-9-1-1)

IMG_6533The Lethbridge Hurricanes picked up Saturday night where they left off before the Christmas break winning their third straight contest, 6-5 over the Medicine Hat Tigers. The ‘Canes have knocked off the second and third placed teams in the Eastern Conference in back to back games, albeit over a course of ten days.

IMG_6536The Hurricanes got off to a sluggish start against the Tigers. Anthony Ast opened the scoring just 1:20 into the game jumping on a loose puck that sat in the crease. At the 11:01 mark, Miles Warkentine jammed home his first as a Hurricanes to tie the game at one – Carter Folk and Dexter Bricker picked up the helpers. However, the shift after the goal saw the Tigers retake the lead as Tommy Vannelli swatted one out of mid air to make it 2-1 Medicine Hat after one period. Tigers out shot the Hurricanes 15-10 in the first period.

IMG_6535The second period was complete domination by Lethbridge. After an early penalty kill to see a Devan Fafard minor expire, the Hurricanes took over from there. At the 6:23 mark Tyler Wong centred to Jamal Watson who beat Tigers netminder Marek Langhamer low to the blocker post and in to tie the game. The Hurricanes took their first lead of the game as Giorgio Estephan scored his second in as many games in similar fashion beating Langhamer to the blocker to make it 3-2 ‘Canes – Zane Jones and Brayden Burke picked up the assists, the first career point for Burke.They added to their lead as Jones scored one of his own roofing one by the Tiger keeper on a power play to give the ‘Canes a 4-2 lead after forty minutes. The Hurricanes out shot the Tigers 17-9 in the period.

IMG_6537Early in the third, a pair of goals by Alex Mowbray, first at the 2:49 mark and then at the 5:30 mark to tie the game 4-4. The ‘Canes retook the lead with Watson’s second of the night, and 15th of the season, as he finished a pass from Taylor Cooper to make it 5-4 with a power play goal. Steven Owre once again tied the game slipping one through the legs of Stuart Skinner, also on a power play. However, just 37 seconds after Owre tied the game, an NHL-calibre wrist shot by Jones made it 6-5 as he blistered one over the glove of Langhamer to give the ‘Canes the lead with just 2:24 left in the game and the ‘Canes went on to win their third straight.

Medicine Hat out shot Lethbridge 47-37 in the game. Hurricanes went 2/4 on the power play, the Tigers went 1/3.

IMG_6538Three stars of the game were:

1) ‘Canes – #26 Zane Jones – (2 goals, 1 assist – including GWG)
2) ‘Canes – #9 Giorgio Estephan – (1 goal, 1 assist)
3) Tigers – #24 Alex Mowbray – (2 goals)

The Hurricanes with the win are now 9-20-3-2 on the season and are 3-1-0-1 since the coaching change. The ‘Canes are also 6-1-1-0 when leading after two periods of play.

IMG_6542With the win, head coach and general manager Peter Anholt has now tied Bob Lowes for 9th all time in WHL victories with 453.

The Hurricanes will take on the same Tigers Sunday at the Medicine Hat Arena, game time is 6pm.



GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Tigers




Lethbridge Hurricanes vs. Medicine Hat Tigers
Where: ENMAX Centre
When: 7pm puck drop, pregame at 6:45pm
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live



‘Canes vs. Tigers in 2014/15:
Last Meeting: September 20th/2014 – 5-1 Tigers (in Medicine Hat)

‘Canes Record: 8-20-3-2
‘Canes Home Record: 3-9-2-2
‘Canes Road Record: 5-11-1-0

Tigers Record: 24-8-1-1
Tigers Home Record:
Tigers Road Record: 10-4-0-1

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Tyler Wong (12G, 14A, 26P)
Tigers Leading Scorer: Trevor Cox (12G, 43A, 54P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes kick off the second half of the hockey season tonight when they host the central-leading Medicine Hat Tigers at the ENMAX Centre. The Hurricanes went into the break on a high note winning both games on a two Saskatchewan road trip in Moose Jaw and Regina.

Not only have the Hurricanes won the last two games and collected five of eight points in their final four games ahead of the break, they’ve been playing a much more exciting brand of hockey. New coach and GM Peter Anholt believes that having the defense jump into the play is something that needs to happen in today’s game and in their two wins, the d-core has combined for nine points.

Tonight, the Hurricanes take on their arch-rival Medicine Hat Tigers for the first time since opening weekend that saw the Tigers win both games by 3-2 and 5-1 scores. The Tigers are having a great season so far as they lead the Central Division and sit just two points shy of the Brandon Wheat Kings for top spot in the Eastern Conference.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Fresh Slate, Working: The struggles of the Hurricanes over the last number of years, last season especially, have been well documented. However, a fresh start with Peter Anholt appointed head coach and general manger have seen a surprising and relieving change to the Hurricanes. Heading into the break, the ‘Canes won back-to-back games over Moose Jaw and Regina and collected five of a possible eight points in the final four games before the break – ironically, the four games since the coaching change.

Cooper is Super: 19-year-old Taylor Cooper is quickly showing that he can be a top scorer for the Lethbridge Hurricanes. After a sluggish start to the season that saw the Sherwood Park product not collect a point in his first seven games, Cooper has since put up 22 points (10g-12a) in the last 25 games only being held off the score sheet eight times in that span. Cooper, who was acquired in the Ryan Pilon trade, was red hot heading into the Christmas break having collected points in 7 of the last 8 games (5g-5a) in that span and 16 points (8g-8a) in 17 games since his birthday on November 1st.

Medicine Hat Point of View

Top Tier Scorers: Both Trevor Cox and Cole Sanford are having great years through the first half. Cox, who leads the club in scoring has collected 54 points (12g-42a), just one point shy of league leader Nick Merkley. While Sanford, who is just one point back with 53, has collected a team-high 26 goals. Through a total of 68 games combined, Cox and Sanford have accumulated a total of 107 points. Last year, Cox had 82 points (25g-47) and will likely shatter that number barring injury as he is on pace for 114 points. While Sanford, who had 73 points (33g-40a) last year, which was a 62 point improvement from the 11 points he collected in his first year is on pace for 55 goals and 112 points. Both are just 19-years-old and can return next season.

Langhamer Rock Steady: Tigers overage netminder Mark Langhamer is have a superb final year in junior. The Czech Republic native will be the last of the import goalies you’ll ever see in the WHL has collected a 17-6-1-1 record with a 2.31 goals against and a .917 save percentage. The Arizona Coyotes 7th round pick might be the best goalie in the entire league.

‘Canes Win Second Straight

Lethbridge Hurricanes     vs.     pats

Lethbridge Hurricanes (8-20-3-2)     vs.     Regina Pats (20-11-2-0)

After a huge win Tuesday night over the Moose Jaw Warriors that snapped a six game losing streak, the Lethbridge Hurricanes followed it up with another victory, this time 5-4 in overtime over the red hot Regina Pats.

Regina had won 15 of their previous 18 games heading into the contest on Wednesday night against the ‘Canes. If one word could describe the game the Hurricanes played in Regina would be, “persistent.”

The Hurricanes three separate times battled back from deficits in the contest before Nick Walters won the game 1:46 into overtime. An early power play goal just 90 seconds into the game for Sam Steel gave the Pats an early 1-0 lead. Just over five minutes later, a Jamal Watson giveaway while on the power play resulted in a two-on-nothing the other way and Austin Wagner would beat Stuart Skinner to make it 2-0 just 6:22 into the game. However, the Hurricanes were persistent and battled back to tie the game before the end of the first. Watson redeemed himself as he out waited Daniel Wapple to cut the lead in half at the 12:31 mark. Tyler Wong tied the game a deuces scoring an unassisted goal with just 1:34 left in the period. Lethbridge had the edge in shots 10-9 in the opening twenty minutes.

The teams traded goals in the second and third periods. Braden Christoffer scored a beauty of a goal at the 6:36 mark on a give-and-go with Morgan Klimchuk slipping one by Skinner to give the Pats their second lead of the game. The ‘Canes once again tied the game while four-on-four. Andrew Nielsen from the goal line in his own zone sent a beautiful pass up ice hitting Giorgio Estephan on a breakaway who made no mistake making a terrific move to the backhand before roofing one over Wapple to snap a 23-game personal goalless drought tying the game 3-3 after two periods.

In the third, both teams had their chances, but with 2:32 left in the game Carter Hansen beat Skinner on a shot from the point the got by the ‘Canes rookie goalie. The Hurricanes though did not fold the tent and Jaeger White tied the game just 58 seconds later to force overtime.

In the extra frame, White dropped a puck at the blue line for Nick Walters who let a long snap shot go from the line that beat Wapple at the 1:46 mark as the ‘Canes stunned the Pats for their second straight victory.

Hurricanes for just the second time this season out shot an opposition as they held the edge 30-26 in the contest.

The ‘Canes went 0/2 on the power play and held the Pats to 1/7 on the extra man.

Three stars in the building were:

1) ‘Canes – #3 Nick Walters – (1 goal, GWG)
2) Pats – #18 Morgan Klimchuk – (1 assist)
3) ‘Canes – #17 Jamal Watson – (1 goal, 1 assist)

The Hurricanes head into the ten day Christmas break having won back-to-back games for just the second time this season and collecting five out of a possible eight points in their last four games.

The Hurricanes are now 6-1-0-1 in midweek games and 4-2 on the road against East Division opponents. The ‘Canes next game will come on December 27th when the host the Medicine Hat Tigers at the ENMAX Centre in the first of a back-to-back, home-and-home set with the Central leading Tigers.